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Whom Gods Destroy: Elements of Greek and Tragic Madness

Padel, Ruth

Verlag: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U. S. A., 1995
ISBN 10: 0691033609 / ISBN 13: 9780691033600
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Titel: Whom Gods Destroy: Elements of Greek and ...

Verlag: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U. S. A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Very Good

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Hardcover. Spine head is lightly bumped. A few very minor scratches on rear of jacket. Pages are clean, binding is intact, contents are clear. T. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 436077

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Inhaltsangabe: Madness is central to Western tragedy in all epochs, but we find the origins of this centrality in early Greece: in Homeric insight into the "damage a damaged mind can do." Greece, and especially tragedy, gave the West its permanent perception of madness as violent and damaging. Drawing on her deep knowledge of anthropology, psychoanalysis, Shakespeare, and the history of madness, as well as of Greek language and literature, Ruth Padel probes the Greek language of madness, which is fundamental to tragedy: translating, making it reader-friendly to nonspecialists, and showing how Greek images continued through medieval and Renaissance societies into a "rough tragic grammar" of madness in the modern period. This intensely poetic and solidly argued book is a rare source of "knowledge that it is sad to have to know." It focuses on the problematic relation of madness and God, discussing en route such topics as the double bind, black bile and melancholy, the Derrida-Foucault debate on writing (about) madness, Christian folly, "fine frenzy, " shamanism, psychoanalysts on tragedy, St. Paul on God's "hardening the heart, " links between madness and murder, pollution and syphilis, and the Irish for "mad."

Rezension: "The sound of clay-footed idols crashing into the abyss resonates throughout Ruth Padel's thrillingly learned, poetically vibrant and eclectically visionary monograph. . . . [A] fascinating new book." --Financial Times

"To re-create the contexts in which the Greeks viewed madness, Padel ranges widely, drawing on the medical literature, Homer, Pindar and their scholiasts, epigraphic material, magic and religion, regional and cultural differences. Linguistic details validate her main thesis, ... [and] her re-creation of Greek linguistic categories and cultural norms gives Whom Gods Destroy a sound historical base. A well-informed and helpful book." --Brian Vickers, The Times Literary Supplement

"A lively and provocative book. An attraction of Whom Gods Destroy is its breadth of reference, expanding beyond the Greeks to more recent times." --Richard Jenkyns, The [London] Times

"Thrillingly learned, vibrant, and visionary. . . . [Padel] shows brilliantly how the Greek playwrights revised and re-shaped their linguistic and intellectual inheritance to fit the context of an inchoate scientific revolution . . . . " --Paul Cartledge, The Financial Times

"A various, wide-ranging book. . . . The ideas are suggestive and tantalizing." --Jasper Griffin, The Spectator

"Suggestive, exhilarating, and wide-ranging." --Peter Jones, The Telegraph

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